The new building will take care of two needs for Hahnemann: safe, accessible parking under the university's control and a single location for its computer operations, said Scott K. Phillips, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the university and executive director of Hahnemann University Hospital.
"In the long term, we want to be able to ensure accessible and safe parking for our patients, visitors, students and staff," he said in a statement. "Right now, we're at the mercy of the parking developers, and availability and costs of parking fluctuate."
He said the university was concerned that parking would become much tighter with the opening in June of the Pennsylvania Convention Center just a few blocks away. Phillips said Hahnemann would like to take care of 40 to 50 percent of its parking needs in its own facilities.
Hahnemann also expects to lose some of its current parking spaces to projects such as an ambulatory care center that it plans to build at Broad and Race Streets, on a site that now holds about 80 or 90 cars, Ferri said.
Hahnemann's staff, students and hospital patients use up to 2,900 parking spaces during peak periods, Ferri said, and the new garage will take care of 800 cars at a time.
The computer center should be open by the summer of 1994, in time to receive new equipment that will replace computers now scattered about the university.
The new building will be at the corner of Broad and Wood Streets, leaving some space on land that Hahnemann owns between the garage and Vine Street. The university hopes to use that land for a student education center, housing classrooms, faculty offices and a student center.
Ferri said Hahnemann hopes to begin construction of the education center in 1994 and to open it in 1996.
The architect of the parking garage and computer center is Payette Associates of Boston. The construction manager will be the Daniel J. Keating Co. of Bala Cynwyd.
Hahnemann purchased the Philadelphia Athletic Club building, at 306-320 N. Broad St., for $2.35 million in 1991. The 69-year-old building, which had fallen into disrepair, was razed last year.